As you all probably already know, the LG G4 was launched on April 28 sporting not the most recent Snapdragon 810 CPU, but the Snapdragon 808 CPU which is the slightly inferior version. The decision of LG to go with the Snapdragon 808 processor most likely relies on the bad experiences users had had with the Snapdragon 810 in the LG G Flex 2 and the HTC One M9. According to various user reports, the Snapdragon 810 has an overheating problem which doesn’t seem to let up with anything they do.
From various reviews that have popped up online and judging by the intensive testing that Ars Technica did with the LG G4 and the Snapdragon 808, it turns out that the Snapdragon 808 is actually a better performer than the Snapdragon 810 in “stressful” conditions. According to the Ars Technica tests, as well as user testimonies, the Snapdragon 808 doesn’t overheat and it performs actually better under heavy workloads than the Snapdragon 810 does.
The tests that were performed essentially act as a bit of evidence of the fact that the Snapdragon 810 has a throttling problem, while the Snapdragon 808 does not. Although these tests do not reflect the performance of the Snapdragon 808 or Snapdragon 810 in different conditions, they do shed some light as to why LG did go for the inferior processor when engineering the LG G4. In our brief time with the LG G4, we did feel like the handset acted better than the LG G Flex 2 which has the Snapdragon 810 and seems to be stuttering at times. Overall, it seems that the LG G4 has proven that the Snapdragon 808 is a worthy piece of hardware which shouldn’t influence your opinion on the flagship too much. Although we can’t say for sure if performance of the Snapdragon 808 and the LG G4 is exemplary until longer tests are performed, we do feel like the LG G4 flagship is quite a good launch and will compete against Apple and Samsung with ease this year.